Maj. Eyal Abneon and Sergeant Nadav Elhanan Noler were killed in the center of the Gaza Strip

The IDF announced that Reserve Major Eyal Abneon, Deputy Company Commander in the 121st Battalion of the 8th Brigade, and Reserve Major Nadav Elhanan Noler, a fighter in the battalion, were killed yesterday (Tuesday) in the center of the Gaza Strip.

major (res.) Eyal Abneon, 25 years old from Hod Hasharon, went to the company commanders course during the war. His friend, Aviad, said that he was a serious officer, a veteran of an elite unit, a smart and talented person. “In the many hours we spent together, he told me about the long journey he made on a fishing boat in the ocean, and about his plans for the future,” Aviad wrote. “He went to an MPM course during the war, got a company and the night fell in Gaza and with him the plans and dreams.” Abneon was the son of Sharon and my father, and the brother of Ofir and Neta. His funeral will be held at 6:00 PM in the military section of the Neve Hadar cemetery in Hod Hasharon.

Eyal Abneon
Eyal Abneon

Eyal Abneon Photo: IDF spokesman

Eyal Abneon Photo: IDF spokesman

sergeant major (res.) Nadav Elhanan Noler, 30 years old from Jerusalem, served as a platoon sergeant in the 121st Battalion of the 8th Brigade. Noler was born in the Horns of Shomron settlement, and later studied at the Samaria Yeshiva and the Ali Preparatory School. Noler was the son of Eli and Michal, who died of cancer seven years ago, leaving behind a wife and a son.

Nadav Elhanan
Nadav Elhanan

Nadav Elhanan Photo: IDF spokesman

Nadav Elhanan Photo: IDF spokesman

In the last post he published on Facebook a few weeks ago, Noler wrote that after 155 days of reserve duty, including two and a half months in the north, and another two and a half months in the Gaza Envelope, he was called up for reserve service for the third time. “We were called with four days’ notice for the third time, this time for operational employment and continuous fighting in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote at the time. In the post he asked for assistance with equipment for his company, and wrote: “We will continue to work for the people of Israel wherever and whenever we are called. Together we will win!”. In another post he wrote that “the IDF/the State of Israel/the people of Israel need more decision-making commanders and less protocol commanders – commanders who dare to decide and fewer commanders who think about their careers.”

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